Gila Co./Pine Cr. Canyon: Pacific Wren/Evening Grosbeaks, etc.
13 Oct 2013, 9:54 PM,
Gila Co./Pine Cr. Canyon: Pacific Wren/Evening Grosbeaks, etc.

I birded Pine Cr. Canyon near the town of Pine this morning and had some interesting sightings. A flock of about 8 vocal Evening Grosbeaks flew in and briefly perched in the top of a ponderosa pine before flying off down the canyon to the southwest. This is the first time I have noted them in this canyon. A juv. Cooper's/Sharp-shinned Hawk caught a Stellar's Jay just ahead of me on the trail and carried its squealing prey to the creek bottom where I got limited views as it "mantled" and plucked its feathers. Warbler species included a latish Wilson's Warbler, 7 Yellow-rumps, and 2 Orange-crowned. Two Hammond's and one Dusky Flycatcher were also seen. A single Pacific Wren was heard giving its Wilson's Warbler-like call next to the creek and eventually came into view briefly. Pacific Wrens can be found wintering in Pine Cr. Canyon but I have yet to find them there in the breeding season.

Good Birding,
Brian Ison


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